Kongo (Solongo or Woyo subgroup). <em>Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, iron, glass, fiber, pigment, bone, 24 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (61.5 x 17.0 x 21.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.98. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.98_front_PS6.jpg)

Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi)


Medium: Wood, iron, glass, fiber, pigment, bone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 24 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (61.5 x 17.0 x 21.5 cm)


Accession Number: 56.6.98

Image: 56.6.98_front_PS6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Standing figure with right arm raised, stomach has square box for magical material covered with piece of glass. Figure stands on base, mouth open, tongue protrudes, glass inlaid eyes. Surface covered with tar(?) (heavy black substance). Form almost completely covered by nails. CONDITION: Poor; wood split up legs, arms broken, wood rotted, glass on container cracked.

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